In an effort to provide the community with access to the Fire District’s financial data, the District produces and distributes the Fire District budget electronically via the District’s website. Online you can find copies of the District's current and historic budgets, annual audited financial statements, employment contracts, salary schedules, MCERA actuarials, and more - all within the Archive Center.
But sometimes, there's nothing quite like being able to manipulate the data by yourself by viewing charts and graphs or downloading the information into an excel spreadsheet. The Fire District has engaged OpenGov.com to assist with providing the public with just that opportunity. Through SMFD's Financial Data Transparency Portal users can view financial data based on the current budget or up to the current month. The users can manipulate the data and drill down to finite details or scale up to the big picture. Users can also download the data as an excel spreadsheet to take home.
Click on the graphic above to visit the District's Transparency Portal. The link will open a new window and take you to the OpenGov® website.
Tips on How to Use the Portal
Here are some general tips on how to use the Transparency Portal...
- The Portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface. The main view (shown above) includes a chart or graph, a legend and various controls to view expenses.
- You'll notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data that is of most interest to you.
- To focus on specific data - like an account, expense type, or any combination - look to the left and use the menu on the side panel. These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent. When you select "Filtered By" the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category - accounts, expense type, etc.
- There are five different types of visual representations of the data - an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph and a table. You can change your view by type at any point by simply selecting the different type of representation. The data will automatically convert. These functions are on the top right.
- You can also download the data into a .csv spreadsheet and .png image.
- You can share the data (any view of the data) on a social network or by email.